Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS®)
The SOARS Program is administered by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION – 2010
Application deadline: February 1, 2010
2010 SOARS summer program dates: May 24 – August 6, 2010
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1. Full Name
Last First Middle
2. E-Mail Address
(SOARS will contact you by email; please make sure you check this email regularly)
3. Mailing Address
Number and Street or P.O. Box
City State Zip Code
Telephone number you can be reached at
4. Education Information
Current Institution Major(s) Minor(s)
Cumulative GPA Major GPA Total Credit Hours (June 2010) Expected Date of Graduation
Current Undergraduate Academic Standing: ___ Freshman ___Sophomore ___Junior ___Senior
___Second Year Senior
5. Current Coursework
List all courses you are currently taking: ____________________________________________________
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6. Research Interests
Do you have a specific research interest in atmospheric science? If yes, please mark with an “X”:
(pick your top 3 choices)
_____ Atmospheric Chemistry and Pollution
_____ Climate Modeling, Paleoclimate
_____ Cloud Processes
_____ Computational Methods for Atmospheric Science
_____ Education and Outreach
_____ Instrument Development
_____ Mesoscale and Weather
_____ Oceans and Human Health
_____ Research Applications
_____ Societal impacts of Weather and Climate
_____ Upper Atmosphere, Solar Physics
_____ Weather Modeling
_____ Other, please specify: __________________________________________
7. Computer Background
Please list any computer programming experience (e.g. Fortran, C++), including analysis packages (e.g. IDL,
NOTE: This question is for informational purposes only. It will NOT be used to determine eligibility.
8. Academic and/or Professional Affiliations
Please list all honors, scholarships, academic and/or professional memberships and extracurricular activities:
9. How did you hear out about the SOARS program?
__ SOARS web site __ Conference, which one
__ Publication, Advertisement, please specify
__SOARS recommended to me by
10. Have you applied to the SOARS program before? ___Yes (Year applied______) ___No
11. Sharing Application
There are other summer internships available at UCAR/NCAR and partnering labs and programs in Boulder for
which you might qualify. If SOARS is unable to offer you a position, do you give SOARS permission to share
your application materials with these other programs?
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□ I have requested original transcripts be sent to the SOARS Office.
13. Recommendation letters
□ I have requested two recommendations from faculty members, academic counselors or community contacts.
14. Registration the UCAR Website
□ I have registered as an official applicant on the UCAR Human Resources Website.
By submitting this application to UCAR you are certifying to the best of your knowledge that the information
furnished on this application is true and complete without evasion or misrepresentation. If found to be otherwise,
it is sufficient cause for rejection or dismissal.
Please sign and date your application below.
Applicant’s Signature Date
15. Essay questions
Please answer the following questions by typing your answers in this document. Please note that your personal
essays are the most important part of your application.
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1. Academic Statement of Purpose: Please prepare a statement about your academic and research
background, your career goals, and how participating in SOARS will help you meet your career and educational
objectives. Please give concrete examples that demonstrate your potential in a scientific career. Please limit
this to 500 words.
2. SOARS mission and personal journey: SOARS is dedicated to enhancing the diversity of future
scientific communities. Please describe how your personal background and life experiences (including social,
cultural, familial, educational, or other opportunities or challenges) have motivated your decision to apply to
SOARS and how your participation in SOARS will contribute to its mission. Please limit this to 500 words.
The mission of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research is to support, enhance, and extend the
capabilities of the university community, nationally and internationally; to understand the behavior of the
atmospheric and related systems and the global environment; and to foster the transfer of knowledge and
technology for the betterment of life on earth.
UCAR is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
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